jackson jr. treated for 'mood disorder'
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is under "intensive medical treatment" for a mood disorder, his office said in a brief statement Wednesday, more than a month after the Chicago Democrat quietly went on a medical leave of absence. No details about where Jackson, 47, is being treated were included in the statement, which was released amid mounting pressure that he reveal his whereabouts and exact medical condition. The timing of the leave has raised questions, in part because Jackson faces a House ethics investigation connected to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Thai king pardons jailed American
An American imprisoned in Thailand for insulting the king has been released after being granted a royal pardon, the man's lawyer and a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday. Joe Gordon, 56, left Remand Prison in Bangkok late Tuesday and was likely to return to the United States, according to his lawyer, Anon Numpa, who said King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the pardon Monday. Gordon was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in December after being convicted of translating and posting online parts of a book banned in Thailand, The King Never Smiles.
U.S. sanctions on Myanmar eased
The White House formally eased sanctions Wednesday on Myanmar, signaling support for its recent governmental reforms and officially opening the door to American investment in the deeply impoverished Asian nation. As of today, American businesses will be able to move forward with investment. The United States still will not allow investment in entities owned by Myanmar's armed forces or Ministry of Defense.
Grand jury looking into border death
A federal grand jury is investigating the death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was shot repeatedly with a stun gun by U.S. border authorities, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, suggesting the government is considering criminal charges after more than two years of silence on the politically charged case. Anastasio Hernandez, 42, was shot in May 2010 at the busy border crossing as he was being returned to Tijuana, Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon joined a chorus of critics who complained of excessive force by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
Silicon Valley man gives Oxford $115M
The University of Oxford announced a $115 million donation Wednesday from an alumnus, Michael Moritz, a major Silicon Valley venture capitalist. It will be the cornerstone of a $460 million fund to provide financial aid to disadvantaged undergraduates. The first 100 scholarships are to be awarded in the fall, when tuition fees will triple.
Scientists spot 5th moon for Pluto
Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion. Scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of a minimoon estimated to be 6 to 15 miles across, the smallest moon yet around the icy orb. That brings the tally of Pluto's known moons to five, and scientists think there could be more.